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Reds add veteran arm to bullpen with signing of David Hernandez to 2-year deal

David Hernandez with D-Backs 2011 photo by Mwinog2777 - Own work via wikipedia commons

The Reds bullpen improved a great deal in 2017. But the team is looking for even better results this coming season.

They signed Jared Hughes in December and today David Hernandez.

The righty signs a two-year deal, meaning he will earn a $2.5 million base salary over each of the next two seasons.

The 32-year-old Hernandez, had one of the best seasons of his career in 2017, posting a 3.11 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP with 52 strikeouts and nine walks in 55 innings. He was particularly good in 38 appearances with the Angels, posting a 2.23 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP while allowing no home runs over 36.1 innings. Hernandez continued to strike out batters at a respectable rate and keep runners off base after being traded to the D-Backs on July 31, but he allowed four homers in 18.2 innings and ended up with a 4.82 ERA over 26 appearances with Arizona.

Hernandez joins a Reds bullpen that is young and has some fireballers in closer Raisel Iglesias, Wandy Peralta, Michael Lorenzen but definitely needed some veteran leadership. Thus the signings of Hernandez and Hughes.

Capital’s Dixie Jeffers continues to reach milestones in a remarkable Women’s Basketball career




Dixie Jeffers

COLUMBUS, Ohio – On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, Capital University head women’s basketball coach Dixie Jeffers became just the 16th NCAA women’s basketball coach and just the fifth at the Division III level to earn 700 career victories.

Capital, now 8-6 overall and 4-3 in Ohio Athletic Conference action, hit the road for a conference tilt against the Student Princes of Heidelberg University in Seiberling Gymnasium (Tiffin, Ohio) on Wednesday night. The Crusaders built two different double-digit leads over the course of the game, but shot out of a cannon offensively in the fourth quarter to fuel the team’s victory. With a 9-1 run to begin the frame plus a pair of exclamation points with buckets from Elli and Annika Wachtman, the Crusaders went on the cruise to a 69-53 victory.

Jeffers, a two-time national champion now in her 32nd year as the head coach of the women’s basketball team at Capital University, is currently ranked second among active Division III coaches in total victories and possesses the fifth-most overall victories among Division III coaches, all-time. With the Crusaders’ 57-53 win over Carnegie Mellon University (Pa.) on Nov. 27, 2017, Jeffers surpassed Rene Portland (Saint Joseph’s 1977-78, Colorado 1979-80, Penn St. 1981-2007) to become the 27th all-time winningest women’s basketball coach. She is now seven wins away from entering the top 25 in that category.

It has taken Jeffers just 943 games to hit 700 wins, making her the 14th-fastest to reach this milestone among women’s basketball coaches across all three divisions.

“I am so proud of my kids’ performance on the road tonight,” said an excited Coach Jeffers. “The milestone win is a privilege for me to have done it with this group of young people as well as my amazing staff!”

Jeffers began her collegiate head coaching career in 1983 at the University of Rio Grande (NAIA) where she accumulated a 52-21 overall record. She was hired to lead the Crusaders in 1986 and in her first season led Cap to a 21-5 overall record, an OAC regular season and tournament championship, and NCAA Tournament appearance. In her time she and her teams have won two national titles (1993-94, 1994-95), have one national runner-up finish (1992-93), one NCAA third-place finish (1996-97), 10 OAC regular season championships, and nine OAC tournament championships.

On Jan. 31, 2015, Coach Jeffers became the Ohio Athletic Conference’s all-time wins leader among all OAC coaches. She defeated the University of Mount Union, on the road, 79-69, to achieve career win number 654 that evening. – link to story


100th career win – Jan. 31, 1989 vs. Wooster, 87-64

200th career win – March 6, 1993 vs. Wittenberg, 93-50 (NCAA Tournament game, NCAA runners-up)

300th career win – Jan. 14, 1997 at John Carroll, 76-45 (NCAA third place finish)

400th career win – Jan. 31, 2001 vs. Marietta, 69-45

500th career win – Nov. 25, 2006 at Wittenberg, 72-64

600th career win – Jan. 2, 2012 at Ohio Wesleyan, 67-56

700th career win – Jan. 10, 2018 at Heidelberg, 69-53



PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Ryan Gasser, sports information director; courtesy Capital Athletics





Capital’s Erin Risner named OAC Athlete of the Week

Erin Risner

Erin Risner
Canfield, Ohio/Canfield

Risner averaged 20 points, four rebounds, 4.5 assists and two steals-per-game to lead the Crusaders past Muskingum and nationally ranked Ohio Northern. Against Muskingum, Risner posted 21 points and added four rebounds, three assists and two steals to help Capital snap a three game losing streak. Versus ONU, Risner scored 19 points and added four rebounds, six assists and two steals.




OAC names Muskingum’s Marcus Dempsey as Men’s Basketball Athlete of the Week


Marcus Dempsey

Marcus Dempsey
Zanesville, Ohio/Tri-Valley

Dempsey averaged 37.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists last week to lead the Muskies to a 1-1 record, including a 112-113 win over nationally ranked John Carroll.  Dempsey shot .595 (22-of-37) from the field, including 10-of- 17 from three-point range. He shot an impressive 21-of-23 (.913) from the free-throw line.  Demspey has set the school record for points scored in a season, currently at 570 points and scored his 1,000th career point in just his 46th game.